Summer is a great time to get outdoors and stay active, and for people in recovery, that fresh air and exercise can go a long way toward supporting long-term sobriety. Having a plan helps ensure you take action. Here are some tips on how to make the most of the warmth of summer and boost your overall health and wellness in the process.
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Find the Water
A beach day is an outstanding way to enjoy the summer sun. Few things are better than hours spent breathing sea spray and curling your toes in the sand. If a beach is within a reasonable travel time, schedule a trip or two this summer. Of course, not everyone has easy access to the shore, but there are lakes and rivers all over the nation. A growing body of research supports the notion that time spent near water is an excellent way to de-stress and focus inward.
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Spend a Day at a Park
If it’s been a while since you visited a park, find some time to head out and see what all the fuss is about. America has a great network of national, state, and local parks. While some are certainly more grandiose than others, there may be a hidden gem right around the corner. Pack a snack and a drink, and you’ll find plenty of spots to sit and enjoy the outdoors. Many parks also offer well-groomed hiking trails, which can get your heart rate up while you enjoy nature.
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Try Something New
We all get stuck in the patterns of our daily routines. Finding a way to break out of those patterns is a perfect way to enhance health. Summer is a great time to find an outdoor class or exercise group. Whether it’s yoga in the park, an organized bike ride, or sand volleyball at the park, finding a way to challenge yourself will feel great. There’s also the chance to meet new friends and make healthy connections, which is always beneficial to those in sobriety.
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Keep in mind that the hotter temperatures and summer sun can be harmful if you don’t take the proper precautions. Be sure to bring plenty of water and stay hydrated during your time outdoors. By the time you feel thirsty, your body is already well on its way to being dehydrated. Sunscreen is also important and takes time to stop and reapply every few hours. There are special formulations that stay put even when you are sweating or in the water, so make sure your sunscreen is right for the given activity.
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As the weather warms, take advantage of the chance to get outside and stay active while you’re staying sober. Summer is a great time of year to connect with nature and try new things. This time of year also brings others out and about, so there are many chances to make healthy new social connections because everything is just a little bit better when you have friends to enjoy summer fun with.